Taking Heaven Lightly

"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." - W.B. Yeats

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Best-selling author of Taking Heaven Lightly, Roisin Fitzpatrick, encourages readers to embrace this precious gift of life by asking the question: how brightly do we wish to shine?

In one instant, on 22 March 2004, my world was changed forever. Without any warning, I suddenly found myself in a situation where my life was in danger when I suffered a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage.

Later, as I lay in the ICU, fully aware of the potential risks, I embarked on the most remarkable journey of my life - a near-death experience (NDE). During this life-transforming journey beyond the physical realm, I experienced a sense of blissful unity with the universe, and glimpsed the beauty of the afterlife. Ironically, the event that brought me closest to death became the conduit for the most powerful source of my healing: connecting to an eternal light which, I came to understand, is available to us all, should we choose it.

I dedicate this book to you. I share my story so that you may tap into your infinite potential and become the person you were born to be. It is not necessary to have a life-threatening near-death experience to feel this love in your life. All that is required is a willingness to be open to the possibility of a greater existence beyond this physical realm, and then to be guided on your own unique soul's journey. My wish for you is to experience inner peace, love and joy in your life. This is the essential truth of who you are. This is available to you right here, right now, if you make the choice to take your first step towards the light...


Book Launch of Taking Heaven Lightly

Roisin Fitzpatrick"Róisín Fitzpatrick has written a remarkable book that is unique in the annals of near-death experiences. Fitzpatrick describes her own harrowing brush with death and transcendent near-death experience, and guides us through her discovery of the forerunners of NDEs in the ancient roots of pre-Celtic culture. Experiences like Róisín’s have now been validated by hundreds of scientific studies around the world, and provide evidence that consciousness is more than the brain and indeed that we are more than our bodies. As a guide to enhancing your own spirituality, Taking Heaven Lightly is a love story in the most sublime sense."

Dr. Bruce Greyson, co-editor of
The Handbook of Near Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation
and author of
After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond


Roisin Fitzpatrick"A book of wise words that will introduce some people to the light, will draw others back to the light, and will itself long shine light in all sorts of unforeseeable and beautiful ways. Every reader can undoubtedly expect to have their own personal epiphany. A brilliant book with an unforgettable message."

Dr. Christine Ranck, co-author of bestselling book
Ignite the Genius Within


Roisin Fitzpatrick"An insightful and in depth look into what lies beyond our physical realm. Where do we go when we die? Roisin Fitzpatrick's stunning book takes us into the world that lies beyond our senses and suggests ways in which we can integrate that world into our everyday life. It is a remarkable piece of writing and one that ultimately lifts the soul. A must read."

Sean Mahon, actor in the movie Philomena, T.V. series
Red Rock and former leading actor in the 39 Steps on Broadway


Roisin Fitzpatrick"A very important and poignant personal account of her near-death experience, exploring among other things ancient Irish mythology and megalithic monuments. Róisín Fitzpatrick presents fascinating insights into Newgrange and its associated mythology, suggesting access to a heavenly realm, and brings a real relevance from this ancient culture for modern times."

Anthony Murphy, author of
Newgrange: Monument to Immortality


"I approached Taking Heaven Lightly with my usual academic scepticism, but the clear, sincere, even humorous, style, attracted me and I was drawn in. I remembered that early Irish Christianity is bathed in light. I think Ms. Fitzpatrick's rehabilitation of pre-Christian Irish spirituality of light is excellent. Suaimhneas síoraí "eternal rest" and solas na bhflaitheas "the light of heaven" are two phrases that similarly share the wisdom and beauty of our heritage. I look forward to the author's next inspirational book."

Dr. Tadhg O' Dushlaine,
Former of Head of Department, Centre for Irish Cultural Heritage, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

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Press Reviews:

Anne Cunningham, Irish Independent
Taking Heaven Lightly is…reminiscent of John O’Donoghue’s Anam Cara in that it explores ancient Celtic mystiscim, and I imagine it will find a similar following.”

Sue Leonard, Irish Examiner
“An inspirational guide for those who are interested in spirituality.”

Kevin Courtney, The Irish Times
“Fitzpatrick, a former business woman who became an acclaimed glass artist is certainly living life to the full.”

Business and Finance
"Roisin Fitzpatrick’s debut book – Taking Heaven Lightly – tackles her remarkable near death experience in 2004, when she suffered a life-threatening brain haemorrhage.”

Donal O’Donoghue, RTE Guide – Books
“…a glimpse into the afterlife that transformed her life in a book that is both a biography and a mission statement.”

Image Magazine
“Asking whether we are living the best life we can be, the author hopes her book will help readers to see how precious life truly is. Judging by the smiles in The Westbury [at the book launch], her message must be spreading fast.”

Anne Boylan, Social and Personal
“Heaven can wait…Roisin Fitzpatrick’s new book Taking Heaven Lightly charts the remarkable story of the author’s own near death experience.”

Una Brankin, Belfast Telegraph
“A Heavenly experience...”

Natalie Burke, RSVP Magazine
Taking Heaven Lightly...show[s] people that they don't need to have any fear of death and by understanding the meaning of this light we can transform our lives from ordinary to extraordinary in ways we can't imagine.”

Southside People
Taking Heaven Lightly is nothing short of a riveting read...author takes the reader on a remarkable journey.”

Jessica Thompson, Galway Now
“Through her art and her book, Roisin hopes to change people's perspective of death so that we can start to live life in a positive way.”

Woman's Way Magazine

"In love and light...a [near death experience] changed Roisin Fitzpatrick's life. Now she hopes to help to change the lives of others...we all have the ability to reconnect with this light and love and in her book Taking Heaven Lightly she shares tips on how we can get in touch with this."